Proposed new rifle range near Invercargill

Greg Hudson at Custom Guns in Invercargill is canvassing interest in setting up a new long range rifle range near Invercargill.

Potential new rifle range in Southland!!!!!Seeking members for a new shooting club in Southland. Are you interested?

Posted by Custom Guns on Sunday, August 5, 2018

Original link here.

Bergara B-14 HMR Rifle

Interest in long range rifle shooting is growing year on year. The Ruger Precision Rifle was one of the first affordable factory rifles you could slap a decent scope on and with match grade factory or handloaded ammo reasonably expect to get great results with.

If you’d like something that shoots as well as the Ruger Precision Rifle and other factory long range precision rigs, but is light enough to take out on the odd hunt, the Bergara B-14 HMR (not to be confused with the .17 HMR cartridge) might be worth a look.

The attractive stock is adjustable and has an internal aluminium chassis running the entire length of the stock, to which the barreled action is bolted.

It is factory drilled and tapped to fit Remington 700 style rings and bases, and is currently readily available in 6.5 Creedmoor (1 in 8 twist) and .308 Winchester (1 in 10 twist), with .300 Win Mag (1 in 10 twist) and 22-250 Rem (1 in 9 twist) having been added to the range and hopefully landing in NZ later this year.

Priced around NZ$1700 at the last check it makes a compelling value proposition.

Greg at Custom Guns in Invercargill stocks Bergara rifles, or you might enquire at Fiordland Frontier Supplies in Te Anau.

Getting set up for club shooting

There are a number of items you should consider acquiring the first year or two of club shooting, both for on the range and at home.

After 14 years in the sport here are my go to items after careful research, acquisition and use:

On the range

  1. Quality Safety Glasses
  2. Electronic Hearing Protection that permits you to clearly hear range commands
  3. Chamber Safety Flags
  4. CED Deluxe Professional Range Bag
  5. Double Alpha Double Belt (velcro inner belt with leather overbelt)
  6. Holster that will securely hold your pistol
  7. Mag Pouches
  8. Uplula (magazine loader)

At home

  1. Good quality cleaning rods (one piece, carbon fibre or protective coated)
  2. Jags and patches of correct size for your calibre
  3. Corrosion X or Breakfree CLP
  4. Plenty of rolls of gun cloth
  5. A good brass and plastic punch set with small nylon hammer
  6. A gunsmithing screwdriver set
  7. Blue 243 Loctite
  8. Various Tekmat’s for your work bench

Recommended firearms to consider

  1. CZ SP-01 Shadow pistol
  2. Glock Competition Models 34 (9mm) or 35 (.40) pistols
  3. A high capacity 9mm or .40 cal 1911 pistol
  4. Mossberg 930 Tactical SPX or JM Pro shotgun
  5. Mossberg 590 or Remington 870 pump shotgun
  6. AR15 E-Cat rifle

There are plenty of other options, but you’re unlikely to be unhappy acquiring any of the above.

Ruger Precision Rifle

A lot of people are using these for long range rifle shooting. There was one at last weekends shoot.

Various NZ retailers have these in .308 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor, and .243 Win. NZ$2500 with 2 x 10 round mags, no optics.

The enhanced version seems to be going for around $2800.

If you are looking for one do a google search on RUGER PRECISION RIFLE SITE:NZ – that should return a few online shops that have them.

Here is a link to the Ruger website.

S&W 686 .357 Combat Magnum

The S&W 686 is a stainless steel revolver chambered in .357 Magnum and available in a number of variants including 6 and 7 shot versions and barrel lengths from 2.5 inch snubby to an 8.5 inch beast.

A good balance between muzzle velocity, accuracy and speed is the 6 inch version as shown here:

Product specs can be found on the 686 page on the S&W website

If you want to see how fast someone can shoot a S&W revolver check out Jerry Miculek shooting 12 rounds in 3 seconds including a reload.